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LEST, con. That not; for fear that.

Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Gen. 3.

The phrase may be thus explained. Ye shall not touch it; that separated or dismissed, ye die. That here refers to the preceding command or sentence; that being removed or not observed, the fact being not so, ye will die.

Sin no more, lest a worse thing come to thee. John 5.

Sin no more; that fact not taking place, a worse thing will happen to thee.



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LEST, con. That not; for fear that.

Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Gen. 3.

The phrase may be thus explained. Ye shall not touch it; that separated or dismissed, ye die. That here refers to the preceding command or sentence; that being removed or not observed, the fact being not so, ye will die.

Sin no more, lest a worse thing come to thee. John 5.

Sin no more; that fact not taking place, a worse thing will happen to thee.

LEST, part. [from the Sax. leas, Goth. laus; louse, separate. In Saxon it was preceded by the, the leas, that less, that not, ne forte. Hence it denotes a loosing or separation, and hence it comes to express prevention.]

That not; for fear that. Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. – Gen. iii. The phrase may be thus explained. Ye shall not touch it; that separated or dismissed, ye die. That here refers to the preceding command or sentence; that being removed or not observed, the fact being not so, ye will die. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come to thee. John v. Sin no more; that fact not taking place, a worse thing will happen to thee.


Lest
  1. To listen.

    [Obs.] Chaucer. Spenser.
  2. Lust; desire; pleasure.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  3. Last; least.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  4. For fear that; that . . . not; in order that . . . not.

    Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty. Prov. xx. 13.

    Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 1 Cor. x. 12.

  5. That (without the negative particle); -- after certain expressions denoting fear or apprehension.

    I feared
    Lest I might anger thee.
    Shak.

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Lest

LEST, conjunction That not; for fear that.

Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Genesis 3:3.

The phrase may be thus explained. Ye shall not touch it; that separated or dismissed, ye die. That here refers to the preceding command or sentence; that being removed or not observed, the fact being not so, ye will die.

Sin no more, lest a worse thing come to thee. John 5:14.

Sin no more; that fact not taking place, a worse thing will happen to thee.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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